Harrison Lobdell, director of NERRTC, said that training employees and conducting exercises are two of three key ingredients in a successful business-continuity program.
According to NERRTC, experts recommend conducting exercises as frequently as once a quarter for specific risks and sites, and at least once a year for exercises that bring together a company's full emergency response.
NERRTC's Web survey included 629 respondents from six sectors, as well as phone interviews with industry "thought leaders." All companies involved in the survey had 500 or more employees.
"The survey results suggest that private sector preparedness has improved in recent years, but critical gaps still exist," said Harrison Lobdell, NERRTC director.
NERRTC commissioned an initial Web-based survey of 629 respondents spread across six industries, all of whom had safety/security responsibilities for their organizations, in November 2005.
was established by the Texas Engineering Extension Service at Texas A&M University and provides counter-terrorism training for federal, state, and local officials (including emergency responders).